A two-under par final round has helped Bendigo golfer Andrew Martin climb to a respectable tie for 33rd at the New Zealand Open.
Martin came home in a rush with three birdies in his final four holes to record his lowest round of the event – 70 off the stick – at Clearwater Golf Club in Christchurch yesterday.
He finished the tournament at four-over par, 11 strokes behind New South Wales’ amateur winner Jake Higginbottom.
Fellow Bendigo golfers Heath Reed and Kris Mueck were five shots behind Martin, tied for 56th, at nine-over par.
Martin will be disappointed with his third round of five-over 77 which hampered the former Neangar Park golfer’s top-10 prospects after solid opening rounds of par 72 and one-over.
While he couldn’t erase the third round score completely yesterday, Martin rebounded well after bogeying two of his opening three holes to get back to two-under for the round.
After an opening day 70, Mueck couldn’t break par in the final three rounds with scores of two-over, seven-over and two-over.
His final round yesterday began solidly enough with only one bogey, on the sixth, in the front nine, but he had a more up and down return to the clubhouse.
The Axedale golfer bogeyed the 10th, 15th and 18th while carding birdies on the 12th and 17th.
Like Mueck, now Queensland-based golfer Heath Reed was under par on the opening day, but finished over the card on his final three rounds.
Reed was one-under through eight holes yesterday, before a double-bogey on the par three ninth.
The former Marong golfer got back to even with two birdies and a bogey in his next four holes, but a bogey and a double-bogey on the 17th and 18th saw Reed record a three-over 75.
The next major event for Bendigo’s golfers is the Australian Open at the Lakes Golf Course in Sydney beginning December 6.